Maha govt tells HC it will pro­tect women’s right to en­ter tem­ples

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MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment told the Bom­bay high court ( HC) on Fri­day it was against gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion and promised to take steps to pro­tect the rights of women to en­ter tem­ples.

“The gov­ern­ment is against any gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion,” act­ing ad­vo­cate- general Ro­hit Deo told the divi­sion bench of Chief Jus­tice DH Waghela and jus­tice MS Sonak, two days af­ter the court asked the state gov­ern­ment to en­sure women are not de­nied en­try into any tem­ple.

“If one sec­tion is per­mit­ted to of­fer prayers, the other sec­tion must also be per­mit­ted,” Deo told the court on Fri­day, clar­i­fy­ing the gov­ern­ment’s stand on the is­sue of women be­ing stopped from of­fer­ing prayers at Ahmed­na­gar’s Shani Shing­na­pur tem­ple.

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